Along with the official presentation of new laptopson the revolutionary ARM M1 processors, Apple last week updated macOS Big Sur for desktops released after 2013. The redesign and some innovations are also indicative of Apple's move towards integrating desktop and mobile computing.
The options for the future macOS Big Sur were presentedat the summer conference for developers WWDC 2020, during which iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, WatchOS 7, which have already been brought to the market, were also presented. Now, on November 12, 2020, the official launch of the new one in the macOS Big Sur operating system took place.
The external design of the macOS Big Sur operating systemfor desktops is now similar to iOS and iPadOS mobile platforms. The main changes include the appearance of a floating Dock, similar to the one in iPadOS and iOS, a new view of the menu bar, a full-fledged control panel, an updated control center with quick settings and a redesigned notification menu.
The new macOS Big Sur featuressignificant improvements in the work of the main applications. So the Safari browser got a customizable start screen, the ability to preview tabs, the function of full translation of the text of web pages. The app uses less power but is now faster.
The Maps application works with more reliabledata, there was a function of laying bicycle routes and electric cars, taking into account the location of the battery charging stations. The "Messages" application now allows you to highlight and pin in the upper part the correspondences most meaningful to the user; more efficient detailing by links, images and terms is displayed in the search results.
In applications, "Retouch" is now implementedArtificial Intelligence. AirPods will be able to automatically switch between multiple active devices. It also announced increased security to protect confidential information.
The new macOS Big Sur supports devices onIntel processors and new branded ARM M1 chips. According to the developers of Apple, the new processors already installed in the updated MacBook Air, Pro and Mac mini, increase performance by 1.9 times, allow you to almost instantly "wake up" devices. Standard Apple applications for x86 can be run through the Rosetta 2 emulator. In this case, the work of these applications with M1 will be more efficient than on computers with Intel chips.
The first tests of the MacBook Air on the GeekBench benchmark that appeared on the network have already demonstrated the superiority of the M1 in the competition with the Ryzen 5600X CPU, as well as victory over the MacBook Pro on the Intel Core i9 processor.